The Smithfield Tavern vegetarian pub review
I read an article not so long ago about two pubs in London that had decided to go all-vegetarian - The Smithfield Tavern, near Farringdon and The Coach and Horses, in Soho - and decided then and there that I need to go check them both out.
Turns out, that's not as easy as it sounds. A visit to the Coach and Horses was derailed by the ability to find neither table nor seat to eat at, while a visit to the Smithfield Tavern was similarly stymied when I turned up, long-suffering parents in tow, to find the pub not open.
Stil, the cursory glance at the menu as I stood outside the latter, shaking a fist at its closedness, convinced me that it would be worth a return journey. Third time lucky, I got in, thanks in part to a brief interval of sunny weather, which had persuaded all the drinkers out onto the pavement, leaving the indoor tables free for diners like me and Mr Flicking the Vino.
We skipped starters and went straight to mains, both oddly opting for the Vietnamese Caramel Tofu. While the pub's website promises "some outstanding vegan choices", none of them are marked on the menu. That said, when I asked if the tofu was vegan and, if not, could I get it that way, the answers were 'no' and 'of course'.
When it turned up looking suspiciously like my boyfriend's (veggie) option, I asked what the yoghurt-like mass was on the plate. That'll be vegan yoghurt, then. Phew.
The tofu came with a whack of rice, some veggies, that coconut yoghurt, chutney, and some savoy cabbage-and-peanut rolls.
It looked a bit like this:
105 Charterhouse Street
020 7253 3882